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Dreaming of Graceland

The Mentor Theatre Company presents and Center Stage Theater plays host to two one-act plays, titled Dreaming of Graceland. Ellen Byron’s dramedy tells two touching stories of a young girl trying to hold fast to the things that matter most to her. Furthermore, all the proceeds from opening night ticket sales will benefit Dream Foundation, a wish-granting nonprofit for adults with life-limiting diseases.

Poetry Out Loud

The Indy‘s own Beth Taylor-Schott is launching a series of weekly poetry classes starting this Wednesday, October 17. Formally titled Poetry Out Loud: Becoming Intimate with Poems through Memorization and Recitation, the series will focus on the interpretation, recitation, and oral history of poetry.

El Capitan Canyon Concerts

Marshmallow roasting and “Kumbaya” singing this is not. Every Saturday through October, El Capitan Canyon hosts an evening of music under the stars as part of its Summer Concert Series. Admission is $10 upon entrance, but the concerts are free for campers. Delicious and renowned BBQ is available for $18 per adult and $12 per child. Reservations can be made by calling (866) 352-2729 x714. Below, check out the bands that are scheduled to play this month:

The Truth Is Out There

Six years after terrorism struck the United States, questions are still being raised and the answers seem more elusive than ever. In 9/11: Press for Truth, five of the 12 members of the Family Steering Committee-all relatives of people killed in the 2001 attacks-tell their heartbreaking stories and plead their case for why they believe 9/11 still needs to be closely studied. 9/11: Press for Truth will screen for free at Jefferson Hall (1525 Santa Barbara St.) at 7:15 p.m. Children must be 12 years or older.

Dog Drives Car

Ben Shahn’s “Pulaski County, Arkansas” is just one of a series of black-and-white Depression-era photographs that will be on display at the Channing Peake Gallery (105 E. Anapamu St.) beginning Tuesday, September 4. The exhibit, titled Ordinary to Extraordinary, will run through Friday, October 26.

Stow House Free Concert Series

For the remainder of August, the lovely folks at the Goleta Valley Historical Society present Music at the Ranch every Tuesday. This free and family-friendly weekly concert series invites an eclectic collection of bands from around town to take the stage at one of the oldest and most picturesque landmarks in the Goleta Valley. On Tuesday, August 21, the kid-tested, parent-approved sounds of Hot Lava will rock the crowd.

Journey to the Flames: 8 Years of Burning Man

For the lucky few waiting with anticipation for this year’s Burning Man festival-and for everyone else who can’t make the trek-HopeDance FiLMS will screen Journey to the Flames: 8 Years of Burning Man at the Faulkner Gallery this Thursday, August 16, at 7 p.m.

Let’s Dance!

DJ Fenstar will be spinning vinyl at the Contemporary Arts Forum’s Let’s Dance! Forum Lounge. The event takes place in conjunction with 1st Thursday and features a screening of Dance for Camera, a collection of the best dance sequences in film as selected by audience members at European and North American film festivals.

Harry Potter Release Party

The folks at Borders Books are throwing a Harry Potter-themed release party like no other this Friday, July 20. Beginning at 8 p.m., fans can participate in the Harry Potter Spelling Bee, listen to the Great Snape Debate, go on scavenger hunts throughout the store, get their fortune told by the Divination Teacher, and enjoy snacks from the Leaky Cauldron cafe.

Picture of the Week

Aussie natives The Phoenix Foundation contributed six songs and three instrumental pieces to the already buzzed-about Miramax film, Eagle vs. Shark, said to be an Australian Napoleon Dynamite. The band takes Velvet Jones by storm this Wednesday, June 6, at 8 p.m.

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